Shannonside Winter Music festival club

Athenry Youth Orchestra

Athenry Youth Orchestra

The orchestra members have many responsibilities, including librarianship, press duties, tuning, and ‘set up’ and ‘tear down’! The repertoire is chosen to appeal to the members, with a special emphasis on recently composed works. These young people impressed at the festival in 2015

 

Brendan T. Walsh Band

Denis McAuliffe

Denis McAuliffe, makes a welcome return to the festival stage for our opening concert. His extraordinary musicality on the mandolin along with Guitar & Fiddle are taken as a huge compliment to Sixmilebridge Folk Club, where he was exposed and encouraged to listen to, and engage with a diverse range of musical genres. Denis has recently returned from Australia and resides in Kildysart Co. Clare.

 

DD and The Delta Boys

DD & The Delta Boys (Donegal)

Each of the Delta Boys brings a love of their instrument that put all together is a thrill to experience live. Their repertoire runs from exciting and driving to searing and sublime, with a little ethereal and sweet thrown in too! There is something here to satisfy every rhythm and just about anyone who enjoys a happy energetic show.

Frankie Gavin Noel Hill

Frankie Gavin & Noel Hill

Internationally acclaimed fiddle player Frankie Gavin and master of the concertina Noel Hill will be accompanied by Brian McGrath on piano and banjo. The combination of these three master musicians is sure to be a delight to behold. Frankie Gavin’s reputation as a fiddle player is unequalled he co-founded De Danann, one of the greatest Irish bands of its era, and has played with some of the greatest living musicians worldwide. From West Clare, Noel Hill has been a reference point for Irish traditional concertina players for many years. He has toured the world, and we are delighted to welcome this legend to the festival. Brian McGrath started playing piano at the age of five and progressed to accordion, banjo and mandolin. As well as extensive TV and media work, he has played on over 120 albums to date.

Grainne Hunt

Grainne Hunt

Dubliner Gráinne Hunt is known for lending her beautiful vocals to Mark Geary and Glen Hansard and is regularly compared to Natalie Merchant and Alison Moyet amongst others. Her own mini-album 'Firing Pin' was released in October 2015 to enthusiastic review, and it garnered national radio airplay.

 

DD and the Delta Boys

Maple Tree Circus (Switzerland)

The four boys have been playing on the streets and stages of Switzerland for 6 years and create a playfulness that entices every audience to dance and sing along. From dreamy ballads to rock'n'roll, Maple Tree Circus bring a thrilling sound with their numerous instruments which guarantees a great evening


 

Polyphonics Barbershop Chorus Corks

Polyphonics Barbershop Chorus Cork

Ireland's longest established barbershop chorus, the Polyphonics have been won several national titles, including the National Light Jazz and Popular Music Competition in the Cork International Choral Festival in 2006 and 2012. Smooth harmonies, a varied repertoire and passionate delivery make the full package!

Sarah Savoy and the Francadians

Sarah Savoy and the Francadians (FR/USA)

From Eunice, Louisiana, via Paris, Sarah Savoy and her band bring a feisty blend of cajun, country and rockabilly back to Clare. A big hit in 2012 “an imposing presence with a strong sassy contralto voice” according to Cathy Desmond. And don’t miss those stories between songs, either!

Tim O Shea

Tim O' Shea & Friends

Tim O’Shea has been a friend and great supporter of Sixmilebridge folk club for years. We are delighted that he is bringing a few friends this year to launch their brand new CD. "another skin too few". This concept CD, celebrates "25 years on the road". Tim's "friends" on this CD feature Kerry Musicians: Rosie Healy - Headford, (Flute, Whistle & Harmony Vocal) and Michael D.Kelliher - Fossa (Accordian, Melodeon & Harmonica).Tim is Producer and provides a musical thread on (Guitar - Lead & rhythm, Vocal - Lead & spoken & Bodhran).

 

Jimmy Bozeman and the Lazy Pigs

Jimmy Bozeman and the Lazy Pigs

American songwriter Jimmy travelled from Louisiana to Texas, across Mexico and to Prague, where he settled in 1991. With The Lazy Pigs and Band of Jakeys, he has made seven albums on which he plays his authentic American folk-hillbilly, tonk and country blues. His Lazy Pigs are no slouches – get set for top quality hoedown!

Coda

Coda

Coda are a Mayo-based group of seven singers and musicians who have their own unique richly-harmonised approach to performance. With diverse backgrounds including folk, trad, blues, rock and pop music, and their multi-part vocal harmony experience gained from classical choral, Coda are a sure-fire hit, right to the end.

Flat Out

Flat Out

This pop/folk group from Mayo formed in 2013 almost accidentally, when the four jetted to Klangenfurt, Austria to perform together for the first time. With great musicianship and stylish folk covers of pop and rock hits, they have made a name for themselves on the folk and festival circuits.

 

Greg Blake Bluegrass Band

Greg Blake Bluegrass Band (USA)

Greg Blake grew up in the mountains of southwest West Virginia, and his voice connects to the great old generations of mountain singers, with a rich twang and rumbling drawl, and the kind of eerily powerful high tenor cry that inspired the 'high, lonesome’ sound. Back to us with a band of his own.

 

 

Luka Bloom

Luka Bloom

With two names and 22 albums under his belt, Luka Bloom has forged a songwriting career with few parallels. He has made Co Clare his home and the landscape has inspired many songs on his albums Frugalisto and Refuge. Bloom’s shows are intimate and powerful, whatever the scale.

Brian O' Rourke

Brian O' Rourke

As well as for his smooth voice, Brian O'Rourke is known for his publication, Blas Meala: a sip from the honey pot (1985), Gaelic folk songs with singable English translations. He holds a high reputation as a gifted songwriter - mostly humorous and witty, yet thought-provoking. World-famous in Irish singing session circles!

Ruaile Buaile

Ruaile Buaile

From a small start in Offaly to the world stage in only a few short years, Ruaile Buaile are set to become a household name with their energetic trad-inspired folk, delivered with charm and flair. These four young award-winning musicians have recorded two albums, and are destined for great things. ruailebuaile.ie

 

Skazz Jazz Band

Skazz Jazz Band

This five-piece started out as a swing and jazz outfit and converted in early 2007 to pure ska vibes. In keeping with their jazz roots, Skazz have chosen the original Jamaican scene Ska of the 1960s. In 2017, they featured at the many festivals across the country. This promises to be a very special band.

 


Brendan T Walsh

Brendan T. Walsh

Brendan T Walsh has seen his musical career evolve from prize winning performances for Bach pieces on classical guitar, to leading a high energy Irish Folk Rock Band, The Led Farmers on tenor banjo! His musical credentials and popularity gets pride him pride of place at the opening concert on Thursday night. He will also lead some pickers sessions over the weekend.